New signage project to tell the story of Cobar’s businesses

Cobar Shire Council staff Peter Davey and Jake Mitchell began installing the new
business heritage signs in the main street on Monday.

A series of heritage signs are being installed in the CBD this week which pay homage to past businesses and business people who have helped shape our town.

The collaborative project between Cobar Business Association and Cobar Shire Council, under the Community Building Partnership Program, will see an initial six interpretive signs erected.

The first six signs tell the history of: Fong Wah Lee’s general store (where the JKM/Cobar Weekly building is now located);
Burgess’s cordial factory and the Phoenix Theatre (now Burgess IGA); WH Bannister’s Cheapside Butchery (a main street building which has maintained his iconic façade to this day); the John Mitchell Pharmacy corner (which gives information about the building and also the contributions made by John Mitchell and the Doumani Bros businesses); a sign in Barton Street outlines the businesses of the Great Western Emporium; and another sign details the historical Great Western Hotel’s history.